Area fourth graders take part in Fitness and Nutrition Day

Students made their way around to 14 different stations where they were taught about things like portions sizes, how to read nutrition labels and also go involved in a number of interactive activities.

Students made their way around to 14 different stations where they were taught about things like portions sizes, how to read nutrition labels and also go involved in a number of interactive activities.

Though it is usually an annual event it was called off for a couple of years due to the pandemic. Lauren Shackelford, who is the local NKFND and disease investigator for the South Heartland District Health Department said she was happy to see it return.

“It’s really exciting to see all these kids back and being able to do physical activities they’ve never experienced before and learn about nutrition and how to choose healthier options when they eat,” Shackelford said.

She said it’s important to teach kids about fitness and nutrition starting from a young age.

Fourth grader John Martinez from Adams Central Elementary School noted this field trip taught him why it’s so important to stay active.

“So we could stay energized and keep us moving,” Martinez said.

Around 320 fourth graders came out to the 16th year of the event. Shackelford said they hoped to have the Fitness and Nutrition Day return to its normal time in the fall next year.